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Electricity and gas providers in South Australia

Who's offering the cheapest energy rates this month? (March 2020)

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To start the month of March, the following plans for electricity and gas came up top for estimated price in South Australia:

Compare cheap energy retailers in SA

Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Billing Green rating Details More details
AGL
AGL
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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Solar

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Origin
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Energy Australia
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
SA
ACT
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

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Click Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
Monthly billing
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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Solar

Billing

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Powershop
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
VIC
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
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Energy Locals
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

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Alinta
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

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Power Direct
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
Monthly billing
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

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Dodo
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

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Lumo Energy
VIC
SA
VIC
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
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Momentum Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
VIC
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Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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GreenPower
Solar

Billing

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Simply Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
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Green Electricity Guide rating

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Solar

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Name Product Electricity availability Gas availability Billing Green rating Details More details
AGL
AGL
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
WA
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
Go to site
More info
Origin
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
WA
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
Go to site
More info
Energy Australia
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
ACT
NSW
VIC
SA
ACT
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
Credit card fees
Go to site
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Alinta
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
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Red Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
Monthly billing

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green options

GreenPower
Solar

Billing

Monthly billing
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Simply Energy
NSW
VIC
QLD
SA
NSW
VIC
SA
WA
Monthly billing
Credit card fees

Green Electricity Guide rating

Green Electricity Guide rating

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Cheapest electricity in SA for March 2020

The Powershop Shopper Market Offer plan is the cheapest choice for South Australians.

Rates

Estimated quarterly price ($)Supply (c/day) Usage (c/kWh)Solar (c/kWh)
411.74119.1237.6010.2

Key benefits

  • No lock-in contract or exit fees.
  • 10 day cooling off period.
  • No connection fee when moving.
  • Flexible payment options.

Limitations

  • You must pre-purchase energy in the form of Powerpacks from the Powershop to access its lowest prices.
  • Variable rates may change at any time.


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Cheapest gas plans in SA for March 2020

The cheapest natural gas plan for South Australia is the AGL Residential Essential Savers plan.

Estimated quarterly price ($)Supply (c/day) Usage (c/MJ)
120.1672.963.86, dropping to 3.49 after 110MJ of use.

Key benefits

  • No lock-in contract or exit fees.
  • 10 day cooling off period.
  • 12 month benefit period.

Limitations

  • Credit card payment fees.
  • Have to sign up online.
  • No GreenPower options.
  • Variable rates may change at any time.

What are the 20 cheapest electricity plans in SA?

Although the cheapest plans may vary based on the type of tariff, your location, your household and your usage, you can get a general idea of which is the cheapest using this table.

BrandPlan nameDifference from reference priceConditional discount?Estimated price (per 91 days)Estimated price (Annual)
Kogan EnergyKogan Energy Market Offer17% lessN/A$402.45$1,609.80
Diamond EnergyEveryday Renewable Saver7% less (without conditional discounts)Further 7% off the reference price if you always pay on time and 3% off the reference price when you pay by Direct Debit.$407.65$1,630.60
PowerclubPowerbank Home Flat15%N/A$410.28$1,641.12
Origin EnergyOrigin Max Saver14% lessN/A$417.13$1,668.52
AGLResidential Essentials Saver - No Exit Fee13% lessN/A$421.74$1,686.96
PowerdirectPowerdirect Residential Discount Saver - No Exit Fee13% lessN/A$421.85$1,687.40
Elysian EnergyElysian Market Residential Simple Plan (SAPN)9% (without conditional discounts)Further 5% discount off usage applies when the account is paid by the due date.$427.17$1,708.68
Momentum EnergySmile Power Flexi_RSR11%N/A$429.59$1,718.36
PowershopPowershopLITE9% lessN/A$443.56$1,774.24
Mojo PowerSE Legacy Standing offer8% lessN/A$444.06$1,776.24
Commander Power & GasXXXResidential Market8% lessN/A$445.39$1,781.56
Dodo Power & GasResidential Market8% lessN/A$445.39$1,781.56
Lumo EnergyLumo Basic8% lessN/A$445.99$1,783.96
Simply EnergySA Simply Low Rates7% lessN/A$449.75$1,799.00
Red EnergyLiving Energy Saver7% lessN/A$453.19$1,812.76
EnergyAustraliaNo Frills6% lessN/A$455.07$1,820.28
Energy LocalsLocal Saver - Anytime5%N/A$462.13$1,848.52
Click EnergyClick Banksia Plus3% lessN/A$470.27$1,881.08
amaysimamaysim Electricity as you go2% lessN/A$474.73$1,898.92
QEnergyHome Your Way SR RSREqual to reference priceN/A$483.08$1,932.32

Make sure you check the Basic Plan Information for the plans above.

Is electricity expensive in SA?

...on average, a household could be charged around $1,560 annually.

SA is one of the more expensive states for electricity, with the average rate being $0.39 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).

What does this mean?

Standard household usage in SA is around 4,000 kWh over a year. This means a household could be charged is around $1,560 annually ($0.39 x 4,000) on average.

Note: This example is a general guide and doesn't include fixed daily supply charges and other fees. Household usage has been taken from AER's Default Market Offer Prices Report and is based on the SA Power Network.

List of energy providers in SA

South Australia residents can choose from the following energy retailers:

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AGL
Alinta
amaysim
Amber Electric
Click Energy
Commander
Diamond Energy
Discover Energy
Dodo
Energy Locals
EnergyAustralia
Lumo Energy
Momentum Energy
Origin Energy
Powerdirect
Powerclub
Powershop
QEnergy
ReAmped
Red Energy
Simply Energy

Main energy plans in SA

AGL - Residential Essentials Saver

Variable rate electricity with flexible payment options and choice of monthly billing. You don't have to pay any exit fees, and you get a benefit period of 12 months. Customers have a choice of between 10 and 100% GreenPower.

EnergyAustralia - Total Plan Home

With the Total Plan, you receive fixed energy rates and a guaranteed discount off your entire electricity bill for the benefit period of 12 months. Customers who opt in receive complete carbon offsets on their power after 6 months, plus the option of 10 to 100% GreenPower. Can be billed monthly.

Origin - Max Saver

Get variable rate electricity with a benefit period of 12 months. To join this plan, you have to accept online communications and billing, pay by direct debit, and install the Origin app. You won't have to pay exit fees, and there are options of 25 to 100% GreenPower.

Powershop - Shopper Market Offer

A variable rate electricity plan with no connection fee when you change to a new property, with flexible payments and monthly billing. Pre-purchasing your energy in the Powershop will let you receive significant extra savings on your power bill. You may also choose to add 100% GreenPower.

Lumo Energy - Lumo Basic

Simple variable rate electricity with flexible payment options and the choice of monthly billing. No lock-in contract or benefit period, and the option of 10% GreenPower.

How to get cheaper energy

  • Compare base rates. The actual amount you pay per unit of energy is the most important part of an energy plan. After all other discounts and features have been accounted for, lower base usage rates generally mean cheaper electricity.
  • Examine discounts. Discounts are offered as conditional, where you have to meet certain conditions for them to apply, and guaranteed, which apply no matter what. Both only apply for the benefit period listed on your contract, though guaranteed discounts are usually better.
  • Tariff alternatives. Rather than sticking to a default single rate, you might consider a time of use tariff depending on when you use your energy. If most of your energy use is in the morning and early afternoon, a time of use tariff can help you save by splitting the day into more expensive peak times and cheaper off-peak periods. Primarily off-peak power usage may translate to a smaller bill.
  • Review plans regularly. Staying on a plan for a long time doesn't usually bring any advantages, since variable rates can change and benefit periods expire after a year or two. Shopping around for a new energy plan every year or so can help you secure a better deal on your energy.

Key terms in SA

1. Understand these terms before you compare

To ensure you have access to the best electricity deals, here are the key terms you should understand and look out for:

2. Review your personal needs

The more competitive the energy market in South Australia, the more choices you have as a consumer. Lots of providers offer discounts, tailored plans and special offers depending on when and how you use your electricity and gas, so taking your personal needs into account is essential to getting the best deal. Before buying, ask yourself:

  • What time of the day do you use the most electricity and gas?
  • Are you happy to pay by credit card if it means you can receive a discount? Or do you want to pay through direct debit?
  • Do you prefer a single rate tariff? If you are generally always home, this might be the way to go.
  • Would you rather a tariff that changes based on the time of day? If you're only home at later times, it might be worth considering a 'time of day' tariff.

Knowing the answer to these questions should make it much easier to find the cheapest electricity plans in SA.

3. Compare plan features

If you're ready to compare plan features, here's what to look for:

FeatureDetails
Tariff optionsYou can usually choose between a single rate tariff or one that charges you a time of use tariff.
DiscountsYou can get discounts for paying on time, for signing long-term contracts and for bundling gas and electricity plans together. Many energy plans offer discounts — the key is to find one that extends its discounts to customers beyond the first stages of your contract.
Cancellation feesWatch out for policies with termination fees. This can range from around $40 to $100 and will be specified in your contract. No-lock-in contracts are a viable alternative if you don't want cancellation fees.
PaymentIf you're not sure you will be able to pay bills on time with one form of payment, go for a flexible plan. If you want to save, you can often get a discount for paying with a credit card.
Digital energy toolsYou can measure your energy consumption with a range of apps and online tools. Knowing exactly what and where your energy use comes from could help you find a better deal in the future.

How to compare electricity

Consider adding in definitions of "standing offer", "reference price", and "default market offer (DMO)" instead of leaving in a separate section. Also consider cutting or condensing entries like tariff types and termination fees (almost no energy plans have fixed contracts with exit fees).

Switching

Your choice of retail provider can make a noticeable difference to the size of your energy bill. Once you've compared electricity and gas plans and chosen a new provider, it's relatively easy to switch. It's simply a matter of applying with the new provider and cancelling your existing plan. Your new provider should generally be able to supply your energy by the next day.

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